Subject: News/Russia: The leaders of the law enforcement agencies of the
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Nov 01 1999 - 20:40:20 EST
Wednesday, October 20, 1999
Itar-Tass domestic news digest of October 20: 5 =1.
M O S C O W -- The leaders of the law enforcement agencies of the
world's seven major industrialised countries and Russia, known as G-8,
signed the final communique of their conference on crime in Moscow on
Wednesday. In the course of the conference that ended on Tuesday, the
delegates adopted a joint statement on combatting terrorism and approved
the principles of transborder access to computer databases during the
investigation of crimes involving high technology and communications.
The conference participants also signed the governing principles and a
plan of action to prevent illegal trafficking in people.
M O Z D O K -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said federal troops will
continue their operation in Chechnya until the last terrorist is
destroyed. "The troops will not halt. They will fulfill their task to
the end", Putin said in response to a question from the foreign
journalisms at Mozdok airport after his meeting with the local
population of Chechnya's Nadterechny district.
M O S C O W -- Russia welcomes the election of the leader of the
moderate Moslem organisation "Nahdatul Ulama", Abdurrahman Wahid, the
new president of Indonesia and wishes him success in this high office,
Foreign Ministry said. "We hope that under his direction Indonesian
society will become more stable and united and the country will be able
to solve complex social, economic and political problems facing it,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. "We state with
satisfaction that these were the first democratic presidential elections
in the last decades," he added. Rakhmanin said Russia is confident that
"traditional relations of friendship and cooperation that have developed
between Russia and Indonesia will be furthered in all areas."
M O S C O W -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin
conferred with Chinese Ambassador in Moscow Wu Tao on Wednesday. Karasin
and Wu had a "substantive discussion of the problems of strategic
stability and security in the world in light of the deepening
interaction between Russia and China in the international arena as the
general international situation grows increasingly complex", the Foreign
Ministry said in a press release. The Russian deputy foreign minister
informed the Chinese ambassador about the "contents of the Russia's
recent initiative regarding the START and ABM treaties, aimed at
continuing the process of nuclear disarmament with the cornerstone 1972
ABM Treaty fully preserved."
M O S C O W -- The executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population
Activities (UNFPA), Nafiz Sadik, held a series of meetings and talks
with Russian officials during her working visit to discuss a wide range
of social and demographic problems. "The results of the working visit to
Moscow by the executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population
Activities open new important prospects for cooperation in solving acute
social and demographic problems in Russia," the Foreign Ministry said in
a press release on Wednesday.
M O S C O W -- Russia provided information about terrorist acts on its
territory to all G-7 delegations that participated in the just-concluded
conference on crime in Moscow, a high-ranking official said. Russian
First Deputy Interior Minister Valery Fyodorov told journalists on
Wednesday that the delegations were given information about more than
1,000 people from the North Caucasus and a wide array of video materials
pertaining to the terrorist acts in Russia. Fyodorov noted that Interior
Minister Vladimir Rushailo held a series of fruitful meetings with
members of the delegations, where they agreed to join forces in their
fight against terrorism.
M O S C O W -- Russia has its own databank and information on
individual terrorists and whole groups of bandits, Russian acting
Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said. He said Russia and G-7
countries share information because "there is a danger that after
bandits have been completely destroyed in Russia, criminals will try to
infiltrate other countries." Ustinov noted that the next meeting of the
leaders of the G-8 law enforcement agencies will be held in Japan in
2000. They will discuss, among other things, measures to combat
terrorism. But the agenda has not been worked out yet.
M O S C O W -- Russia hopes to get the next tranche of financial
assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the middle of
November, Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Ivanov said. Ivanov, who is
taking part in the 4th session of the Russian-Japanese Committee on
Economic Cooperation, said the receipt of the next tranche should "give
the green light" to the talks with the Paris and London clubs. Russia
does not reject the London Club's demand that Vneshekonombank bonds be
converted into government securities. However, such a decision will
depend on how much of Russia's debt will be written off, he explained.
M O S C O W -- Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said the next State Duma will
represent an array of multi-polar forces. In an interview with the
Govorit Moskva radio station broadcast live on Wednesday, Luzhkov said
stable political associations are unlikely to form in the new Duma
because it will address state and legislative problems for the sake of
improving the life of people rather then pursue its own political goals
as the incumbent Duma does.s
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